Hopping Freight Trains in America by Duffy Littlejohn is a howto manual for riding trains — a hobo training manual. It’s an enlightening look into trains and hobo culture. At times, the author can delve too deeply into railroad history for my tastes, or become so technical I feel like I’m reading an operation manual for the railroad, but the amount of useful (and generally unknown) information contained in these pages is immense. I highly recommend it to anyone with the slightest interest in trains, hobos, or alternative transportation.
With things going the way they are, hopping trains may soon become a much more viable option for long distance travel. Here’s your introduction.